29 Mar

9 Casual Ethical Shoes For Men and Women

Whether you reach for the sneakers or a pair of slip-ons – casual, comfortable and easy-to-wear shoes are an essential item. The great news is there are lots of great brands out there using new innovative materials and ethical sourcing ensuring you can walk the walk when it comes to your values.

Here are 7 pairs that we rate ‘Good’ or ‘Great’.

Alice + Whittles

Rated: Great

Minimalist Black + White Luxa Sneaker – Ships to the US and Canada

Alice + Whittles favours transparency, ethical manufacturing practices and sustainable materials as a means of creating long-lasting, positive change. The Minimalist Luxa Sneaker is handmade in Portugal from post-industrial leather taken from waste generated when making luxury European car seats.

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NAE

Rated: Good

Ankle Sneakers – Ships internationally

Vegan, unisex, ethical and stylish to boot we love these ankle sneakers by NAE. Each pair is made with recycled plastic bottles, meaning that single-use scourge is getting a new life in your wardrobe.

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Po Zu

Rated: Good

Brisk Black White – Ships to Europe

Looking for something a little different? These unisex sneakers play with colour and texture for a distinctive look. Materials used include organic cotton canvas, eco microfibre and coconut husk.

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Ecoalf

Rated: Good

Red Retro Style Sports Shoes – Ships Internationally

Made with imitation suede and recycled nylon, these blush pink vegan sneakers will go with almost any outfit. EcoAlf is a European outdoor and streetwear label that’s been driving change for ten years. Not only do they make great clothes but they undertake research and education, to push sustainable practices in the fashion industry.

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Good Guys

Rated: Good

Keith White Vegan Leather  – Ships Internationally

Another classic look that’s unisex and super-adaptable. These white sneakers are easy to wear and dress up or down. Good Guys (short for Good Guys Don’t Wear Leather) are a firmly vegan brand from Paris.

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Veja

Rated: Good

V12 B Mesh Sneakers – Ships Internationally

For some of us, ethical doesn’t have to mean vegan, and there are some very good environmental reasons to avoid new plastic. French brand Veja uses leather in some of its range but avoids leather from cattle in the Amazon. These V12 sneakers also feature b-mesh made from recycled plastic bottles!

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Indosole

Rated: Good

Women’s Pantai – Ships internationally

These ethical espadrilles are perfect for slipping on an heading into the sun. Each pair is hand crafted and contains a repurposed tyre sole. Indosole is also a B Corporation meaning it upholds the highest standards of ethics and sustainability.

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Etiko

Rated: Great

Men’s Slip On – Ships Internationally

Love a classic slip on, then try these unisex numbers from Etiko. Fairtrade, organic and vegan, they tick all the boxes when it comes to people, planet and animals. Etiko offer a takeback service, so when they’re done you can send them back and get a voucher.

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Ethletic

Rated: Good

Ethletic make fair trade casual shoes and sneakers from organic cotton and natural rubber. Its Fair Skater is a classic casual streetwear-sneaker, made of FLO-certified, organic and fairly traded canvas twill cotton from small farmers from India.

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Editor's note: Feature image by Ecoalf. Good On You has big plans for ethical fashion in 2019! To support our work, we may earn a commission on sales made using our offers code or affiliate links.

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